Location: Randall Manor, Staten Island
This 1950 single-family brick home at 300 Henderson Avenue sits between two large green spaces on Staten Island’s North Shore: the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden — inside of which is New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, one of just two authentic classical Chinese gardens in the country, and one of the best spots in the city to see in-bloom cherry-blossom trees — and Allison Pond, a quiet park with a fountain, trail, and off-leash area for dogs. The property is a seven-minute drive to the Staten Island Ferry at St. George Terminal; the S44 bus that stops 300 feet away will also take you to the ferry terminal in about ten minutes.
Specs: 3 beds, 2 baths, 3,000 square feet, 0.17 acres
There are very few new-construction homes in this pocket of Staten Island, but this property gets pretty close with a 2017 gut renovation that created open living, dining, and kitchen areas with large windows, an oversize quartz island, wood-burning fireplace (with a 125-year-old reclaimed mantel), pantry behind barn doors, and sliding doors to the deck. This floor also has the three main bedrooms (and a bath), while the finished basement has a bonus bedroom (with another fireplace), another bathroom, a family room with porcelain floors, laundry room, storage areas, and access to a patio. The house comes with a semi-circular driveway across the front lawn and a large backyard.